A Human Algorithm: How Artificial Intelligence Is Redefining Who We Are

A Human Algorithm: How Artificial Intelligence Is Redefining Who We Are

by Flynn Coleman

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A groundbreaking narrative on the urgency of ethically designed AI and a guidebook to reimagining life in the era of intelligent technology.

The Age of Intelligent Machines is upon us, and we are at a reflection point. The proliferation of fast-moving technologies, including forms of artificial intelligence akin to a new species, will cause us to confront profound questions about ourselves. The era of human intellectual superiority is ending, and we need to plan for this monumental shift.

A Human Algorithm: How Artificial Intelligence Is Redefining Who We Are examines the immense impact intelligent technology will have on humanity. These machines, while challenging our personal beliefs and our socioeconomic world order, also have the potential to transform our health and well-being, alleviate poverty and suffering, and reveal the mysteries of intelligence and consciousness. International human rights attorney Flynn Coleman deftly argues that it is critical that we instill values, ethics, and morals into our robots, algorithms, and other forms of AI. Equally important, we need to develop and implement laws, policies, and oversight mechanisms to protect us from tech’s insidious threats.

To realize AI’s transcendent potential, Coleman advocates for inviting a diverse group of voices to participate in designing our intelligent machines and using our moral imagination to ensure that human rights, empathy, and equity are core principles of emerging technologies. Ultimately, A Human Algorithm is a clarion call for building a more humane future and moving conscientiously into a new frontier of our own design.

“[Coleman] argues that the algorithms of machine learning--if they are instilled with human ethics and values--could bring about a new era of enlightenment.” —San Francisco Chronicle

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781640092372
Publisher: Counterpoint Press
Publication date: 10/01/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 455,557
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

FLYNN COLEMAN is a writer, international human rights attorney, public speaker, professor, and social innovator. She has worked with the United Nations, the United States federal government, and international corporations and human rights organizations around the world. Coleman has written extensively on issues of global citizenship, the future of work and purpose, political reconciliation, war crimes, genocide, human and civil rights, humanitarian issues, innovation and design for social impact, and improving access to justice and education. The Values Algorithm is her first book.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Our Brave New World
Humans and Technology – Out of the Cave and Into a Spaceship (A Look Back)
The Science of Intelligence – Algorithms, Animals, and Machines that Can Learn
“A few guys in hoodies” – The Players and the Danger of Homogeny
Human Rights and Instilling Values Into Machines – The Ethics
Extinction By Machine – The Bad
Utopia By Design – The Good
The Law, the Economics, and the Politics – A Robot, a River, and a Pig
Rust – The Intelligent Machine Age
Stardust – Redefining Human

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